Overwriting a request cookie with a variable

Hello list,

I have managed to retrieve data from memcache in a variable using the
eval
module in Nginx but now i need that variable to be injected into the
current
HTTP request.

Scenario:
An incoming HTTP request carries a cookie named token. I use that token
to
look up a value in memcache. Afterwards, i need to replace the original
token
cookie value with that new value i got from memcache before proxying the
request to a backend.

I have looked in the wiki and figured i need to write a variable, but
writing
to my cookie doesn’t seem to work. Also, i have not seen any leads in
the
HttpCoreModule documentation on how to set/overwrite/manipulate a
variable
from the HTTP request.

Regards,

Markus J. - Technisch Architect - Buyways BV
http://www.linkedin.com/in/markus17
050-8536620 / 06-50258350

Hello!

On Fri, Feb 05, 2010 at 04:15:31PM +0100, Markus J. wrote:

cookie value with that new value i got from memcache before proxying the
request to a backend.

I have looked in the wiki and figured i need to write a variable, but writing
to my cookie doesn’t seem to work. Also, i have not seen any leads in the
HttpCoreModule documentation on how to set/overwrite/manipulate a variable
from the HTTP request.

You have to use

proxy_set_header Cookie $variable;

and carefully construct $variable from original $http_cookie
header and data you got from memcached. Refer to relevant specs
for Cookie header syntax, and use “if” with regexp matching and
“set” to do it.

If you have control over backend - I recommend you not to replace
it, but use some custom header instead, e.g.

proxy_set_header X-Memcached-Data $data;

Maxim D.

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